The owners of Barley & Rye Bistro have decided they had their hands full and have closed their spinoff bakery business. 

Lauren Linn, the manager of the downtown Moline restaurant, said she and her husband, Chef Jared Linn, had gone back and forth on closing the bakery for some time.

But in the end, the farm-to-table restaurant needed their full attention, she said. Barley & Rye Bakery, located in the former Belgian Village Inn drive-thru at 532 19th Ave., Moline, closed in early March.

"Everything is going fantastic and we were so busy we had to redirect ourselves," she said. "The restaurant was Chef Jared's dream." 

The bakery, which opened more than a year ago, produced all the breads and desserts served at the restaurant at 1320 5th Ave. and supplied about a dozen area restaurants. Linn said Jared is doing the baking. Five bakery workers were laid off.

"But we wanted to return to our roots," she said. "The bakery was an extra and taking a lot of time."

Customers with bakery gift certificates may redeem them at the restaurant.    

Von Maur opens store in new market

Von Maur, the Davenport-based department store, is putting down roots in Wisconsin after a long road to get there. 

The high-end retailer will become an anchor tenant in The Corners of Brookfield. The 150,000-square-foot store is just off Interstate 94.

President Jim von Maur first talked to the Quad-City Times about Von Maur entering the Milwaukee market in 2006.

But chief operating officer Melody Wright said it has been a 20-year project. "Milwaukee will be our 32nd store and a new state. A state that has been so close, yet so far."   

On Saturday morning, von Maur will open the store and the company's 15th state with a snip of the ribbon.

A familiar brand to Quad-Citizens, Von Maur will introduce Wisconsinites to its signature residential ambiance, open-floor plan and music drifting from the grand piano. 

The new Von Maur will employ 200 associates, most of them full-time. The 140-year-old chain was founded by C.J. von Maur in downtown Davenport.

U.S. Bank named among World's Most Ethical

U.S. Bank, with Quad-City operations, has been recognized as a 2017 World's Most Ethical Company by Ethisphere Institute, for a third consecutive year. 

"As a financial institution, we understand the importance of building and maintaining trust with our customers, communities, and shareholders," U.S. Bank chairman and CEO Richard Davis said in a news release. "We are very proud of how the U.S. Bank team strives to be the most trusted choice and how their efforts impact the lives of our customers."

The designation recognizes organizations that influence and drive positive change, consider the impact of their actions on employees, investors, customers and other stakeholders as well as remember their values in their decision-making.

The World's Most Ethical Company assessment is based on five key categories: ethics and compliance program, corporate citizenship and responsibility, culture of ethics, governance and leadership, and innovation and reputation.

In the Quad-Cities, U.S. Bank has 11 branches, including one in Muscatine, and employs 160 people.

Moline Radio Shack closes in bankruptcy

Shoppers will find the Radio Shack in Moline near the Walmart complex on John Deere Road was shuttered last month in the wake of the company's latest bankruptcy filing.

In early March, Radio Shack filed a second time for bankruptcy and announced it would close 200 stores immediately. According to Business Insider, 14 Illinois stores will be closed.

Radio Shack's website indicates the Moline store was its last in the metro Quad-Cities.

JA will have its day

Junior Achievement of the Heartland, which reaches more than 56,000 students across eastern Iowa, western Illinois and Grant County in Wisconsin, is joining in the national observance of Junior Achievement Day on Thursday. 

To mark the day, the local JA will unveil the 2017 Class of Laureates to be inducted into the Quad-Cities Area Business Hall of Fame in June.

More than 50 cities throughout the Heartland's 24-county territory have already proclaimed it JA Day.

Spend a day in a JA classroom or volunteer at JA World in downtown Davenport and see our children lead the future.

Biz Bytes is a weekly column by Quad-City Times reporter Jennifer DeWitt. Contact her at 563-383-2318 or jdewitt@qctimes.com

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